Timber Beast - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 451
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 25
Gots: 66 | FT: 2
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Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company visit their website
Mississippi, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mississipping on 07-12-2012

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Photo of guityler83
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: golden copper, slightly hazy apperance, persistant off white head. some hop particle floaties in the bottom

S: Moderate strength grapefruit and tangerine hop aroma with evergreen and herbal notes slightly less dominant. Spicey rye character at medium level with mild toast and caramel.

T: Moderate grapefruit and pine bitterness thats got a rougher character (fitting in the beer though). More developed pine and dank evergreen like flavors evolve into a medium level of rye spiceiness, toast and mild biscuit character - similar to the aroma - that comes off mildy sweet. The finish is crisp and has a refreshing last burst of pine that lingers on the pallet.

M: Medium body with medium-moderate carbonation. The rye adds the impression of more body I think. Tiny bit of alcohol warmth

O: A very fitting name for this beer. Drinking it you can't help but bring up images of deep woods with snow covered evergreens and burly axe weilding lumber jacks. A good beer overall at a good price - not mind blowing but thats now what its trying to be. Cheers! (1,058 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Mississippi beer! 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. The head is two fingers high, and slightly off-white in shade. It has both good retention and a nicely dense texture, and also leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. (4)

Smell: It has that intense grapefruit typical of a good DIPA. While that's usually enough, this beer also injects a subtle kiss of rye throughout. The rye doesn't dominate, but neither does it completely hide like a shrinking violet. I'm also picking up faint estery touches and a crackery (not caramely!) malt backbone. It's not the freshest bottle, so I'm impressed with its mild complexity. (3.5)

Taste: The initial flavor is bitter grapefruit, blending with touches of orange peel and pine. Rye notes appear around the mid-taste; just like the nose indicated, it's a subtle characteristic that adds to the experience instead of detracting. At times, I'd call the finish faintly juicy, and that's a great thing. The back end also reveals some more general malt notes (caramel, toffee). Its level of grapefruity bitterness is just right - not too pungent, nor too timid. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and fairly sweet, typical of a DIPA. However, it has enough crispness and bitterness to go down fairly easily. The carbonation is slightly masked by the sweetish body. (3.5)

Overall: It's not quite a top-flight DIPA, but it's still a very good one. It has a reasonable depth to it that quite a few in the style lack. Aside from the sweetness being a bit too much (always a problem in most big rye-laden IPAs in my opinion), I can't really think of anything wrong with this. Certainly, I'd drink it again. (3.5)

3.64/5: Very good by DIPA standards, utterly miraculous by Mississippi standards (1,766 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange/light-copper color. Good sized, creamy, tight, white head. Nice retention with a layer of lace remaining.

S - Citrus and pine hop aroma. Citrus made up of tangerine, orange, and a slight grapefruit nose. Hints of lemon. Fair amount of pine. Faint rye spiciness, but nothing too strong. Some bready notes as well.

T - That peppery, rye flavor comes out more than the nose suggested. Still a good helping of citrus, but the pine really kicks in on the finish. A subtle earthiness and slightly herbal flavor is in the background. Starts slightly sweet with the tangerine/citrus flavor along with a slight breadiness before finishing with the rye/pine bitterness.

M - Light to medium body. Pretty smooth with average carbonation.

D - Alcohol is really well hidden and it taste more like a 7% IPA. Nice flavor combinations with the rye/spice present but not overpowering. Pretty refreshing and easy to drink.

Notes: Nicely balanced rye beer. Instead of it being all about the spice, those flavors meld with the hoppy flavors. Nice interplay between the sweet citrus, bitter pine/herbal flavors, and the spicy rye. Easy drinker and overall enjoyable. A solid beer. (1,181 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Cloudy orange and apricot colored pour with a foamy off-white one-finger head. Big piney and grassy hop aroma. Taste has a strong citrusy bitterness flavor upfront balanced by a really nice rye flavor. Can taste grapefruit, orange peel, pine and grass all in abundance. Rye comes out in a slightly spicy edge. Medium bodied and creamy. Drinks really easy despite the high ABV. Finishes with a nice piney bitter flavor. (418 characters)

Photo of whynot44
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber color with a decent white that retreats to just a skin fairly quickly but persists and produces a bit of lacing.

The aroma is piney hops and warm rye bread, mild but nice.

The taste is pine resin and grapefruit up front followed quickly by a peppery, spicy rye note with a bready malt undertone that helps blend it all together.The finish is peppery dry with a lingering pine/citrus aftertaste that makes you want more.

Medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable with well hidden alcohol content.

Altogether a very nice IPA, especially if you like rye as I do. (577 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with an off white dense head on top. Good head retention. Not much visible carbonation. Leaves some spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Enjoyable bouquet of hops going on here, a blend of earthy and floral with a hint of citrus. The rye malts come through adding a nice spice addition.

T: As anticipated from the aroma there is a solid dose of hops in this brew. An earthy and skunky type of hop flavor that blends well with the rye malts.

M: Medium to full body a creamy mouthfeel. Fairly low on the carbonation end of things. A touch sticky on the backend from the resinous hops.

Overall I've always been a fan of rye IPA's and this one is no exception. Earthy hops blend with the rye spice in this beer which packs a hidden punch, (825 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured a a wonderful hue of orange and spring honey, nice big snow white cap that leaves ample lacing.

First blast is of a biscuit like aroma then a nice spicy blast that brings along some citric hops. Not as aromatic hop wise as I was expecting, pleasant though either way.

A big bang of hop aroma, love it! With a nice heady spice from the rye. This brew realey delivers in the flavor group.

This elixer drinks rather well, dry and quenching begging for another pint!

Not much experience with these cats, but this brew is well put together! (546 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thick buff head and consistent lacing all the way down. Color is hazy light amber. Aroma is pine sol and biscuit malt. Flavor is a rich blend of malt and hops yet it has a soapy, funky note that detracts a bit. Good bracing bitterness. Mouthfeel medium. Overall not bad but a bit rough in some spots. (312 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A. Copper, amber, gold. Light haze. Fluffy white head, keeps decently well, laces thick silk screen all the way down.

S. Spicy rye, bold malt, slightly grassy and citrusy. Hops don't dominate, but the rye is big,

T. Dominant spicy rye, with a spicy hop bitterness. Hints of grass and citrus, and maybe a bit earthy. Equally as strong (which I wouldnt call intense, but the flavors are fairly big) is the malt backbone - a solid balancing malt quality that hints at munich malts.

M. Crisp carbonation combined with a fairly big bitterness make this a sharp and refreshing 9%er. Medium body is balancing and just slick enough to keep that bitterness lingering nicely.

O. Underwhelming except for the rye and the bitterness. Not complex, itll get the job done, especially if you like balanced IIPAs and rye. (808 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz
Best by 02/06/14

A- beautiful orange-golden color with thick two finger off-white head
S- citrusy, some pinyness
T - really get the citrus here. One of the better tasting IPAs I've had
M - really smooth, not a lot of the bitterness
O - surprisingly, one of my favorite IPAs now. (296 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden coloring was obscured by tons of carbonation and bubbles etched along the edge of the pint glass. The head was fizzy, loosely knit but kept its shape for a long time.

The aroma is a nice mix of herbal and fruity hops. Grapefruit, tangerines and oranges mix with a piney floral scent. The backbone is a hefty tea leafy malt.

As with many IPA'S this comes across has more musky and swampy on the tongue. The hops are herbal and floral but not piney. Mixed with the more caramel malt flavor is a honey taste which helps to off set the more earthy hop tone.

The feel is bitter but not astringent, light and drinkable, despite the high ABV.

This is not my cup of tea, I'm guessing, based on the ratings but it has a lot of flavor, just not my favorites. (764 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

With a pep of grain and spice, there's a rustic and raw taste to the common citrus and moderate malt influence that the typical Imperial IPA would give. However, this is the South and they have a certain swagger about them. This is how they handle big IPA:

Like many imperial versions would, Timber Beast pours with a deep honey-amber appearance with a translucent haze that allows a dim glow from behind. A creamy yet delicate eggshell white foam rises above and swirls into an even skirt across the surfae. Dense but low, its foam character shows resiliency as the ale trails with dashing lace.

Its strong hop presence is an even-keel dialogue of citrus and pine aromatics rise at the same time. Pink grapefruit, crushed pine needles, freshly zested oranges and recently mowed lawns all play into the beer's sharp and bright hoppy scent. Underlying notes of caramel and yogurt seems give give the hoppy fruit elements a sense of richness and juiciness.

As the caramel coaxes the front of the tongue, a quick spiciness also abounds. Different than hops, the peppery character of rye steps in a gives a husky and grainy flavor that works in conjunction with the bitterness of hops and the toastiness of barley. Yet there's a rugged earthiness that emits as the taste of rye bread takes hold, but without the caraway. But even though its citrusy power carries the middle palate, it culminates in a pithy-bitter finish that's in perfect complement to the hop's resinous sappy taste to close.

Its easy and moderate textures rely on medium malt sweetness and heightened carbonation. But the lift from those bubbles are labored in the beer's residual sweetness. But once the lift the malt, the ale begins to resemble standard American IPA with finishing dryness and deeply resinous character. Even its alcohol is subdued as the beer's clean malt character reveals only a hint of vegetative astringency.

I rather love this beer, however its so convincing of a regular IPA that I want to ignore its alcohol content and its slightly elevated body. That can get me in a lot of trouble as those are easy to toss back- so are the woes of a Southern craft beer drinker- so be it! (2,172 characters)

Photo of joshuatow
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very hoppy but balanced with alcohol.floral taste and aroma. Strong smell of ruby red grapefruit and carmely after tones.clean finish and fine lacing. very well balanced. This beer is definitely worth a try and should be poured into a glass to get the flavour profile. (268 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy cider color, rich-looking and with impressive foam head.
There's a very hoppy, and then a refreshing wheat-like aspect to this beer. It is also quite drinkable. The way the rye blends in this one is nice. At first taste I thought a sour aspect was going to kick through when I first tasted this, but it's a well-balanced ale where, thankfully, the hops push through the rye. Nothing complex whatsoever, but the parts go together nicely enough. Feels smooth/ creamy and medium carbonated. (499 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed light copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Soft notes of citrus, resin, and bready malt form the initial aroma. There's a candy-like sweetness accompanying an anise and pine character, that later more closely resembles rye. Interesting.

Bready malt is present in full force, with more rye in the finish than I've had in many rye offerings. The citrus character beneath is muddled. Lemon and grapefruit pith seem to be accompanied by tropical fruit, with an earthy hop aftertaste.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with moderate carbonation and waking alcohol.

Good malt presence to carry a pretty varied hop character. The spicy rye bitterness is not overwhelming, but is a little more than I prefer. (766 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this one in trade.

Appearance: Cloudy darker amber with a thin off white head. Some mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong pine bitter notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Rough, medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine with a very mild sweetness in the background.

Overall: Good IPA, glad I got to try this one out. (375 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, copper-gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a dense, low profile, clingy, coating white head that settles into a surface coating. Literally, this head coats the entire glass as you drink. Looks great. Aromas of tropical fruits forward, with mango and pineapple most notable, as well as a slightly spiced and roasted rye backbone blended with a subtle caramel backbone. Smells balanced and slightly heavy, which is always good. Flavors are sharp initially, with a blast of tart grapefruit forward, spicy and darkly bitter rye notes, subtle sweet caramel, and the rest of the tropical fruit cast coming forward towards the end of the palate. This one is beastly, but remains balanced and drinkable throughout. The body is robust, but kept light and effervesced from the steady carbonation. The aftertaste has more of the bitter rye and tropical sweetness, as well as some piney notes finally shining. Bitter and sweet linger to a slow, smooth finish. This is big, but it is a damn good beer! (1,067 characters)

Photo of KTeamLSU
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured a dark amber with two fingers of light fluffy head that hung around awhile

S: Definite pine and resin aromas

T: This is like Fall in my mouth. I love that the Rye spice sneaks up on you. The hops are there, but aren't over powering. A great balanced beer.

MF: A little over carbonated, but this doesn't take away from the beer

O: Love this Double RyePA, very underrated in my opinion (444 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a super hazy dark orange color with almost zero transparency. 1 finger, creamy head that quickly dissipates into nothing. Good lacing while the head is there.

Smell: Big sweet grapefruit, pineapple and sour rye. Lemon rind, pine resin and a touch of alcohol. Huge aromas. Very inviting.

Taste: Sweet grapefruit immediately followed by big pine resin. Excellent balance between the two huge flavors. Just a touch of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with crisp carbonation. Nice oily finish with pine bitterness and citrus sweetness lingering.

Overall: This was a great IPA! Big aromas and flavors. Its not as complex as some I've had, but it is very well balanced and has HUGE flavor and aromas. The 9% ABV is almost completely hidden. I would definitely have this again. (804 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was so thrilled to find this in Arkansas today!

Pours a semi-hazed caramel with a pinky of ivory colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention, never really clears up

S: Big-time breadyness, orange peel, faint pineapple

T: Breadyness, a bit of pine & grapefruit, plus some herbal hops up front. Loads of pineapple, biscuitty malt, & a bit of grapefruit, plus peppery notes as this warms. Finishes grapefruitty with orange peel, dryness, peppery notes, a touch of pineyness & caramel

MF: Chewy, with slight carbonation , warming with nice balance

Drinks easy, but I'm sure this one would get ya after awhile. Easily my favorite from these guys, so far (661 characters)

Photo of SavvyStudent
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: light copper color with little transparency. Good lacing and carbonation with little head.
S: it has some inherent sweetness and yeast scent similar to what you find in Belgium beers
T: something I have found with most south eastern breweries is the impact of the water to the flavor profile. Their IPAs leave you with a muddled hop flavor instead of the piney profiles offered by Stone. Nice balance of light malt and a predominant hop/floral profile
M: medium-heavy mouth with a good amount of carbonation. Leaves an OK after taste that I do not prefer.
O: the label advertising a DIPA with Rye pulled me in to purchase this beer. In the edit doesn't deliver a good hop hit nor rye flavor but rather what I have come to expect from east coast "IPAs": a muddle shadow of their cousins west. The saving grace to this is the healthy balance of sweetness they managed to add to the norm muddled hop profile (907 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with no discernible bottle dating that I can see. Poured into a large 22 oz snifter.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a nice two-finger foamy head the color of french vanilla. Takes a few minutes to dissipate, leaving sticky but receding lacing and a rim of foam around the edge of the glass. Body is glowing amber-orange hue with a faint amount of chill haze.

Smell - Lots of strong hop profiles, with grapefruit, hints of mango, pine resin, fresh vinyl and an underlying bite of alcoholic esters. As the initial aroma fades, a sweetish grain characteristic, almost like graham cracker, emerges.

Taste - The grapefruit again comes through, now with a bit more astringency than the smell. Hop bitterness quickly emerges from the initial fruit elements and there is some definite heat from the alcohol. I'm not one to shy away from a strong beer, but this not what I would call a "hidden" 9%. Finishes with some earthy spicy from the rye.

Mouthfeel - Slick and resinous, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Bittersweet finish that lingers well after the swallow.

Overall, a very tasty take on a rye Imperial IPA. The rye is definitely present, but I agree with the classification of it as an IPA versus a Rye Beer. The hops are definitely the star, while the rye makes it unique. (1,331 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange gold/auburn with thick creamy off white head and great clarity

Aroma: a lot of pine, citrus, fresh bread, slight spiciness, hint of pepper,

Taste: delightful blend of spicy and peppery rye character and piney hop flavor. Well balanced but with a nice bitter finish

Mouthfeel: full bodied, tangy, bitter and medium carbonation

Overall: A solid Ryepa. Not the best I've had but a great one to quench a thirst and keep you coming back for more. (465 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

32oz growler from Dogwood Growlers (Acworth, GA). 7.49. Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter.

Pours ruddy garnet with two fingers of pale head. Spotty lace.

Aromas of floral, pine, rye and some citrus.

More bitter earthy pine in the flavor than the nose with grapefruit rind, rye spice, pepper, biscuit and just a hint of the respectable abv. Pretty good.

Medium full, oily feel with moderate carbonation. Lingering piney, citrus rind finish.

Not bad at all and I'd drink it again but it lacked any wow factor for me. It's quite good without bringing anything new to the table. (588 characters)

Photo of Entropy501
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really enjoyed this beer. Normally I'm put off by Rye and high alcohol content, but this did a quality job of combining the two. The Rye comes through really well and the Zythos hops give a nice cut to the bite of the alcohol. Slight toffee notes and a creamy full mouth feel. This is a great beer to recommend to people looking to try a Rye that won't put them off. (366 characters)

Timber Beast from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.